The network was set up to support African Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) with few options of accessing international markets due to limited capital and technical knowledge for sustaining a simple website.
- In 2008, Sharon Againe (Founder of AgaSha Business Network) carried out her junior-year internship in Africa as Alumni Volunteer Consultant to Technoserve, Mozambique and was involved in determining the productivity of honey in the Gorogonsa District. During her internship, she was concerned by the plight of honeybee farmers in the community.
- On finishing her internship, Sharon decided to focus her EARTH University graduation research project on small businesses in the community of Siquirres, Costa Rica. She carried out a study to determine the feasibility of setting up recycling centers of domestic wastes in communities. One of the challenges that the potential project beneficiaries presented was how to get connected to the buyers who are mainly based in the capital city of San Jose.
- Sharon, an agronomist by training, decided to dive into internet marketing by developing a pilot project of AgaShaKnows Business Directory which later evolved into an intergated business networking platform of AgaSha, where businesses grow.
Published on 6 Feb 2013The video features Sharon Againe (Founder of AgaSha Business Network) a finalist of the ICCO BID network “women in competition”, a competition for women in developing countries. She was one of the five finalists and therefore invited to the Netherlands.
ICCO Cooperation will be the lead agency and host of the secretariat of a network of Dutch organizations and enterprises active in agri-sector development in Rwanda, called Agri-ProFocus Rwanda.